U. of Illinois at Chicago and Faculty Union Reach Tentative Contract Deal

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s faculty union has reached a tentative contract agreement with the university’s administration and has called off a strike that had been scheduled for next week, the Chicago Tribune reported.

UIC United Faculty, which represents some 1,150 tenure-track faculty members and non-tenure-track instructors, did not immediately release details on the agreement. To take effect, the contract still needs to be approved by union members, and they are expected to vote …


Wrongly Fired Coach Reclaims His Job, but Faces a Player Rebellion

Todd Hoffner, who recently won his job back as head football coach at Minnesota State University at Mankato in an arbitration decision, reclaimed the job on Wednesday, only to be blindsided by a player rebellion, the Star Tribune newspaper of Minneapolis reported.

Mr. Hoffner was removed from the coaching job in August 2012 following allegations that he had made pornographic videos of his young children. He then was fired for unspecified reasons in May 2013, six months after a judge threw out th…


NYU Reportedly Turned 2 Apartments Into Duplex for President’s Son

New York University in 2002 converted a pair of one-bedroom apartments that were normally reserved for faculty housing into a duplex for the son of John E. Sexton, who became president of the institution that spring, the New York Post reported.

A report that was addressed to Mr. Sexton as he prepared to take the helm had warned of a “severe housing shortage” for faculty members, according to the Post.

During Mr. Sexton’s tenure, the university has drawn scrutiny for real-estate perks offered t…


U. of Alaska at Fairbanks Could Face Federal Fines for Musk-Oxen Deaths

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has accused the University of Alaska at Fairbanks of possible violations of the Animal Welfare Act in the starvation deaths of 12 musk oxen at a university research station, the Associated Press reported. The federal agency’s complaint says the university failed to provide adequate veterinary care, notice that the animals were losing weight, or seek veterinary treatment for them. The animals died or were euthanized from August 2010 to February 2011.

The univers…


U. of Michigan Says Talks With Black Student Union Improved Climate

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor on Wednesday outlined a series of actions it had taken on the issues of diversity and campus climate, which stemmed from talks with black student activists who have questioned the university’s commitment to such diversity, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Last fall the university’s Black Student Union started a Twitter campaign, under the hashtag #BBUM, to raise awareness of black students’ experiences. And in January the same group said it would take acti…


Florida State U. Draws Scrutiny Over Response to Alleged Rape by Star QB

[Updated (4/16/2014, 7:43 p.m.) with response from Florida State University.]

An article in The New York Times asserts that Florida State University and the Tallahassee Police Department did not properly investigate a rape accusation against Jameis Winston, the Seminoles’ star quarterback.

A Florida State student who said she had been raped in 2012 identified Mr. Winston as her assailant. Last December the local prosecutor announced that he lacked sufficient evidence to charge Mr. Winston, who l…


Virginia Tech Paid $32,500 in Clery Act Penalties Over Response to Shootings

Virginia Tech has paid $32,500 in fines that the U.S. Department of Education imposed for campus-safety violations in the university’s response to the 2007 mass shooting on its campus, the university confirmed on Wednesday.

The department levied two fines against Virginia Tech for violations of the federal campus-safety law known as the Clery Act. The The first, $27,500, was for failing to issue a timely warning after the first of two shootings there, and the second, $5,000, was for misstating i…


Mid-Continent U., in Kentucky, Will Close

Mid-Continent University, a Southern Baptist-affiliated college in Mayfield, Ky., will close at the end of June, according to The Paducah Sun and WPSD-TV.

The university’s Board of Trustees met for more than three hours on Tuesday before announcing the decision. Robert (Tom) Walden, who was recently appointed to replace the university’s interim president, said all of the institution’s employees had been laid off. The college has recently faced severe financial problems.

Mr. Walden said the colle…


Tennessee Lawmakers Approve Plan to Make Community College Free

The Tennessee legislature has overwhelmingly approved Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature proposal to create a program that would pay the tuition and fees for two years for all state high-school graduates who want to go to a community or technical college, the Associated Press reported. The State House of Representatives voted, 87 to 8, in favor of the plan, called the Tennessee Promise, on Tuesday, a day after the Senate approved it, 30 to 1.

Higher-education officials and leaders of national college-…


Louisiana College to Give Its President Emeritus Status and Seek a New Chief

Louisiana College, a Southern Baptist institution in Pineville, La., announced on Tuesday that its president, Joe Aguillard, would move into an emeritus role in August and that the Board of Trustees had appointed an interim president “to ensure that there is a smooth transition of leadership” as the college searches for a new president.

Mr. Aguillard, who has led the college for nearly 10 years, has been at the center of several recent controversies. The Town Talk, a newspaper in Alexandria, La….